2012 Backcountry Gear Haiku Contest

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1:37 a.m. on April 14, 2012 (EDT)
RodneyBuck


Joined: Apr 14, 2012
Posts: 13

Which way do I go? My compass can say nothing But still it guides me

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1:35 a.m. on April 14, 2012 (EDT)
RodneyBuck


Joined: Apr 14, 2012
Posts: 13

Socks synthetic socks Cushiony wicking layer Keeping my feet safe

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1:33 a.m. on April 14, 2012 (EDT)
RodneyBuck


Joined: Apr 14, 2012
Posts: 13

Comfy sleeping bag I snuggle up inside you You make camping zzzzzzzzz...

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1:31 a.m. on April 14, 2012 (EDT)
RodneyBuck


Joined: Apr 14, 2012
Posts: 13

Sturdy boots we've hiked Down paths so far together Switch to trail runners?

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1:29 a.m. on April 14, 2012 (EDT)
RodneyBuck


Joined: Apr 14, 2012
Posts: 13

Oh Mountain Hardwear You protect me from the rain And I look cool too!

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11:28 p.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
Ben Cerise


Joined: Jan 19, 2011
Posts: 68

It's raining outside,

Now I have to take a leak,

It's raining on me.

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3:42 p.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
steelespam


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 6

former soda can

cut and punched it together

sits under my pot

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3:39 p.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
steelespam


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 6


drip drip drip you sit

paper cone top of my cup

coffee emerges

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3:38 p.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
steelespam


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 6

two ninety seven

is all that I paid for you

now favorite pot

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3:36 p.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
steelespam


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 6

tiny bubbles wait

at the bottom of my pot

soon boiling water

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5:17 p.m. on April 6, 2012 (EDT)
bryanhansel


Joined: Apr 6, 2012
Posts: 3

5/7/5 contest version:

old green Seedhouse tent --

through a hole a frog jumps in

a soft sleeping bag

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Technically, the translation of 5/7/5 to syllables ends up with a haiku that's too long when compared to the original Japanese form. Most modern English writers of haiku skip the 5/7/5 requirement and concentrate on the cutting word, a fragment and phrase and usually a seasonal word, but not always. If I were going to write this haiku in the style that I normally write in, it'd look like this:

old Seedhouse --

a frog jumps in

down bag

It's a play on Matsuo Bashô's frog haiku written in 1686, which has been translated in many ways, and is probably one of the most famous haiku. My favorite translation is by William J. Higginson:

old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water’s sound

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10:52 a.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
severnspoon


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 1

oak creek canyon cliffs

sitting steep on my boot heels

entire sky above

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7:57 a.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
kbanse


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 2

Alone in my tent.
My sleepingbag is so cold.
More campfire chilli!

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7:57 a.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
kbanse


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 2

Alone in my tent. My sleepingbag is so cold. More campfire chilli!

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7:34 a.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
bigmontanamatt


Joined: Aug 15, 2010
Posts: 12

Warm food is a must

My Coleman Stove never fails

Just doesn't look fancy

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7:29 a.m. on April 13, 2012 (EDT)
bigmontanamatt


Joined: Aug 15, 2010
Posts: 12

like camping with boys

the quest for dirt never ends

wet wipes are a must

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11:49 p.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
nvanfilmgirl


Joined: Apr 12, 2012
Posts: 1

Brand new climbing shoes.

Lunchtime climbing gym good friends.

Start of new passion.

 

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9:10 p.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
mybellablue


Joined: Apr 12, 2012
Posts: 5

Blisters from my shoes

Never too prepared they say

Too many layers

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9:08 p.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
mybellablue


Joined: Apr 12, 2012
Posts: 5

Hike, run, pedal, jump

Crunch, crunch, a hike undertow

Ahh the sky is blue

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4:37 p.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
Michelle (Innate)


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 1

April means tough choices
Ski Touring or rock climbing
Best to pack it all

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3:12 p.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
Gloworm


Joined: Apr 2, 2012
Posts: 4

If anyone finds A compass and a whistle Let my lost self know

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3:07 p.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
Gloworm


Joined: Apr 2, 2012
Posts: 4

On a break from work I sneak a peek at my gear Tools of my REAL life

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10:12 a.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
Arson


Joined: Oct 29, 2008
Posts: 124

My Headlamp is bright

My Headlamp is a beacon

I miss my Headlamp......

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9:25 a.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
Ben Cerise


Joined: Jan 19, 2011
Posts: 68

It's raining outside,

I have to take a leak,

It's raining on me.

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7:31 a.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
andrew f. (leadbelly2550)


Joined: Feb 7, 2007
Posts: 1378

synthetic gloves meet

hot stove or candle lantern

voila! fingerless.  

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9:36 p.m. on April 4, 2012 (EDT)
andrew f. (leadbelly2550)


Joined: Feb 7, 2007
Posts: 1378

Yesterday's design

Of leather boot paradigm

Is today’s throwback

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2:17 a.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
Ben Cerise


Joined: Jan 19, 2011
Posts: 68

I want to thru hike Continental Devide Trail North bound headed home

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1:15 a.m. on April 12, 2012 (EDT)
ADKinLA


Joined: Apr 12, 2012
Posts: 47

Store Inspiration 

Were Wages Well Spent Today?

Boots Crunch On Mountain

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9:27 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
Gusty540


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 1

My gear feather light

I can now enjoy the trail

Thank you Backcountry!

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5:36 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
carlalalala


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 2

We enter nature,

with nothing but our own skin

But i love my gear!

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5:19 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
Footsteps


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 5

Pen knife in my pack

Was there ever an outing

I didn't use it?

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4:30 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
Ultrakitty


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 1

Kettle Moraine fun...

Roots, rocks, hills, dirt under foot...

Such a splendid run...

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4:38 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
little trail walker


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 2

awake in the rain

gore-tex pants at my ankles

stupid burritos

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3:49 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
Footsteps


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 5

Hot, dry, desert sun

Superstition Wilderness

Check bottles for leaks.

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3:48 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
Footsteps


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 5

Untamed wilderness

Hiking the Grand Canyon,

Pack wisely, or else...

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3:46 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
Footsteps


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 5

Bloody blisters hurt

Aching feet, yet miles to go.

Moleskin, rescue me!

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3:45 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
Footsteps


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 5

A poncho's handy

Rain gear, tarp, makeshift stretcher

Don't hike without one.

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2:40 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
hutch28


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 1

Slacking in the Sun

Waiting for the Slab to Warm

Climbing in April

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2:17 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
DogFriend


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 1

I unpack my gear

Needing knife and coat and map

Coyote just grins

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1:50 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
adamallstar


Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 1


compressed bag expands

dark cold winds sway the forrest

impenetrable fortress

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1:02 p.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
sarahlampe


Joined: Jul 10, 2006
Posts: 6

SmartWool hiking socks, 

embrace my marvelous feats, 

cushion my tired sole. 

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9:34 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
Geoduck


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 6

I walk in Beauty

Heart follows steady compass

Leave only footprints

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4:01 a.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
BigRed


Joined: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 674

Light in the pocket

Spoons strong soup, forks fresh fried fish

Titanium spork

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1:42 a.m. on April 11, 2012 (EDT)
giftogab


Joined: Jul 11, 2011
Posts: 1476

I have got to go!

Icy wind deters my will

Go Girl gives me strength!

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9:18 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
Charlie Medlin


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 1

Tech-no-gear designed

Without risk lose the wonder

We lose un-noticed

charlie medlin

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7:46 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
jmeyers


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 1

My gear allows me

To go where none have before

The outdoors a-waits

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6:40 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
giftogab


Joined: Jul 11, 2011
Posts: 1476

Feet must move so fast

Blisters can be no friend here

Oregon cradles

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6:19 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
mmarks


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 2

Lightening cracks, rain pours down

Peace exists here

Rivers run wild, animals abound

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6:15 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
mmarks


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 2

No shower for 12 days

Tent living together

Smelly love flourishes in wilderness

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5:35 p.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
Juniper Tree


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 6

Tissue in bear hang,

Drippy nose in tent, now what?

My sock? That'll do.

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